Justice Department "Reviewing" Actions Of "Gang Lookout" Oakland Mayor

In the latest sign that Trump's Department of Justice isn't about to let "sanctuary cities" off he hook, the  LA Times reported Friday that the agency is reviewing the actions of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who last weekend alerted residents in advance of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Northern California.

"I think it's outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

She said Schaaf's actions were under "review" but would not be more specific.

Schaaf has defended her statement, saying she felt it was her duty to warn residents of the ICE action.

Oakland, like many California cities, has declared itself a sanctuary for those here illegally, and officials there have vowed to fight President Trump's immigration crackdown.

She has won praise from other officials in California. But the Trump administration has rebuked her.

The burgeoning feud between ICE and the mayor of Oakland intensified Friday when the head of the agency accused Mayor Libby Schaff of helping more than 800 violent and dangerous undocumented immigrants avoid capture during a series of raids conducted over the weekend.

The investigation wasn't Speaking on "Fox and Friends" earlier this week, Homan accused Schaff of recklessly abetting criminals, saying her warning helped an estimated 800 "criminal aliens" avoid capture.

Meanwhile, James Schwab, a spokesman for ICE in San Francisco - a field office that spans 49 counties from Bakersfield to the Oregon border. They include someone convicted of carrying a loaded firearm and selling drugs, and another suspected of transporting cocaine and having sex with a minor, he said.

Immigration detainers lodged against them have been "repeatedly ignored," Schwab said. "Instead they have been released back into the community to potentially reoffend."

He also said federal authorities were examining her actions. During the three days of raids, the agency arrested about 150 people - half of whom had criminal records.

As we pointed out earlier this week, Homan accused Schaaf of putting politics above public safety, saying her decision to warn Oakland residents about this weekends raids was "no better than a gang lookout yelling police when a police cruiser comes to the neighborhood except she did it to entire community of the this is beyond the pale."

Schaaf told the LA Times that she stands by her decision...

"My statement on Saturday was meant to give all residents time to learn their rights and know their legal options," Schaaf said Tuesday in a statement. "It was my intention that one mother, or one father, would use the information to help keep their family together.

Some activists argued tat the mayor's actions had unintended consequences, while others leapt to her defense.

"The main reaction that people have had has been fear, unfortunately," said Eleni Wolfe, immigration program director at Centro Legal de la Raza, an Oakland-based advocacy group, in an interview earlier this week. "It's terrifying to hear about the potential of increased enforcement action, and unfortunately that's the main message that they heard."

However, despite the controversy, we doubt this will be the last example of a "sanctuary city" mayor refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement. In fact, their defiance recently prompted Trump to wearily declare that he might remove all federal immigration enforcement officials from "sanctuary states" like California, saying of the situation: "It's a disgrace."


Skid Marks J S Bach Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:29 Permalink


Sessions: Excuse me, Rod. Do you have a minute?
Rosenstein: OK, Jeff. What is it this time?
Sessions: I was just thinking...
Rosenstein: OOPS!  There you go again, Jeff.  Thinking. Didn’t we decide that was my job?
Sessions: Yea. Yea. I know.
Rosenstein: Go on. What is it?
Sessions: Well, you know that Mayor in Oakland is mouthing off about warning the illegal aliens, I mean the undocumented guests, that there was going to be an ICE raid.
Rosenstein: Yea. Yea.  So what?
Sessions: Well, how about I hold a press conference and say we are going to investigate it. You know, like I did regarding the FISA warrants.  I’ll just say we’re going to investigate. You know. Not like we are actually going to do anything. You know? Then I can at least look like I’m in charge. You know? Would that be OK?
Rosenstein: I don’t know Jeff. You almost blew it during that last press conference. Let me think about it.
Sessions: OK Rod. I’m going to go back to my office and take a nap. See you later.



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macholatte Skid Marks Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:35 Permalink


I was thinking about applying for a job as an Activist.  Seems like they get a lot of attention and lots of Soros money. So I checked Craig’s List but couldn’t find it listed. Classifieds in NYT doesn’t have it either. 

So where do you go to get a job as an Activist?


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fishpoem Croesus Fri, 03/02/2018 - 23:01 Permalink

I'm not making a point, just shuffling random data. Let me introduce you to Eleni Wolfe, immigration program director at Centro Legal de la Raza, cited above as defending the Oakland mayorette: https://centrolegal.org/about-us/our-team/staff/eleni-wolfe-roubatis/. Although I'm sure it's unrelated to the Oakland mayor's behavior, I do find it curious that the Israelis play such an active role in helping Africans migrate to Europe...while at the same time booting them en masse out of Israel.

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are we there yet Skid Marks Fri, 03/02/2018 - 18:37 Permalink

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf could do some community service overnight in one our illegal Hispanic male detention prisons. Send her in with a dab of perfume for an overnight illegal Hispanic service. Next mourning see how she feels about illegal immigrants.

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Bastiat Skid Marks Fri, 03/02/2018 - 19:29 Permalink

Let's say one of the names on the ICE list murders someone next year.  Next of kin sues the City and the Mayor personally. The Mayor has no personal immunity, no is she entitled to a legal defense at the City's expense for actions which are "ultra vires" or beyond the legal authority of her office. No reason it has to be murder . . . how about a car accident? 

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Implied Violins Bastiat Fri, 03/02/2018 - 21:56 Permalink

It might be easier to just offer that murderer freedom, then give him an opportunity to off the mayor - then simply take him out as he tries to escape.  No money wasted on trials or incarceration, a major thorn is disposed of, and the immigrants are shown to be the evil they really are.  That wall will be built in seconds...

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lookslikecraptome Bigly Fri, 03/02/2018 - 18:01 Permalink

metherdrine, cocaine and LSD can all do the trick. That and getting a cactus shoved u no where. This bitch has been fucked up from birth by genetic based stupidity and narcissism and her liberal bullshit. I live near Oakland. It is a shit--hole of crack whores, pimps, drug dealers and junkies of all kinds.  Throw her can in the can

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Pool Shark GUS100CORRINA Fri, 03/02/2018 - 19:07 Permalink

Easy, Peazy:

California Penal Code Section 32:

"Every person who, after a felony has been committed, harbors, conceals or aids a principal in such felony, with the intent that said principal may avoid escape from arrest, trial, conviction or punishment, having knowledge that said principal has committed such felony or has been charged with such felony or convicted thereof, is an accessory to such felony.”

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Cloud9.5 Stan522 Fri, 03/02/2018 - 19:05 Permalink

What I said before: Clearly the Mayor of Oakland has embraced nullification as a political right.  I agree with her.  Popular sovereignty is a natural right that can and should be available to citizens.  If Federal law is no longer binding in Oakland then the city is independent and on its own.  The city must be declared a no go zone for all federal employees to include all postal workers.  No federal monies in the form of grants, salaries, subsidies or entitlements can be paid to any address within the city limits.  All federal offices must be shut down and evacuated.  Citizens within the city limits should be given 30 days to permanently change their address or lose their citizenship.  Or the city must hold a referendum within 30 days and remove the mayor and her government and embrace federal law.

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